• Helpful Information

     

    My hope is that this page will cover the ABCs  about the policies and procedures in Kindergarten and in my classroom. Please contact me if you still have questions.

    Absences
    If your child will be absent, please call the absence line at 281-641-1519 . This number is available 24 hours a day. Please be sure to call 8:50a.m. on the day the child is absent. Also, please remember to send in a note when he/she returns.
    If your child will be absent for an extended period of time, please contact me so that I can provide you with suggestions of alternate learning activities you can do with your child during his/her absence. Most of the work we do at school occurs in the classroom and requires active participation from the students.

    Arrival 
    The cafeteria opens at 7:15am for breakfast.  All Kindergarten students will meet in the library in the morning upon arrival at school. There will be a teacher in the library to read a book and monitor classes atarting at 7:30. At 7:50, all kindergarten teachers meet their students in the library.
    Attendance  On-time, regular attendance is essential for academic and social growth. Our first bell rings at 8:05. Children arriving after 8:05 a.m. will be marked tardy.
    Backpacks  It is very important that your child has a backpack or tote bag for school and that s/he brings it every day. Please make sure that the backpack is labeled with your child's name.
     Behavior Management: In my classroom,we have 6 basic rules:
    • Raise our hand to talk.
    • Keep hands and feet to ourselves.
    • Walk everywher
    • Control our voices
    • Stay at our place
    • Always try hard
     
    A lot of time is spent at the beginning of the year discussing what these rules mean and how they look. Good behavior management is essential for an optimum learning environment, so the time we spend a great deal of time laying the ground work which helps our classroom stay on task throughout the year.

    I like to use positive reinforcement in my classroom by recognizing when children are making good choices. I do this through verbal praise or passing out star bucks. Occasionally I may write a note in the daily folder. My goal is for children to be intrinsically motivated to make a good choice because it's the right thing to do and not because they will get a reward for doing so.

    Natural and logical consequences will result if a student chooses not to follow the rules. Each situation is unique. Please contact me if you have any questions!

    Birthdays: Birthdays are fun for Kindergarteners to celebrate in the classroom. The child gets a crown to wear and take home a pencil from the school. You may also send in birthday “treats” like stickers, pencils, bookmarks, etc. With 48 hours notice to our school nurse, you may provide ice cream or cupcakes to the class.  Please remember napkins!

    Please, please, please do not send in birthday party invitations for me to hand out. According to the Humble ISD Handbook, we can not allow the distribution of birthday invitations in class.  Thank You.

     
    Book Orders
    Scholastic book orders are a great way for you to build your child's library with quality books and encourage a lifelong love of reading! When you place an order you also help me earn bonus points. I use these bonus points to obtain free books and materials for our classroom.  Book orders are sent home occasionally during the year.  I may send more than 1 flyer home at one time, but you can view even more on line. All orders will be placed online at: www.scholastic.com and paid for with a credit card.  I will send home our class code with all flyers.

    I will place the orders online. The books will arrive 7-10 days after I place the order.
     

    Breakfast  Please make sure  your child arrives to school having had a nutritious breakfast. We have a busy day, and a good breakfast will ensure optimum learning! Breakfast is available in the school cafeteria beginning at 7:15 and cost $1.40

    Communication  I value open communication between home and school, and I encourage you to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns! You can write a note in your child's daily folder or you can reach me the following ways:

    Phone: 281-641-1564 (classroom) or 281-641-1500  (office)

    E-mail: margaret.mcguffey@humbleisd.net (school)

    I will respond to you as soon as I am able.

    Conferences Parent-Teacher conferences will be held at the end of October. At that time, I will go over your child's report card with you and discuss what I have observed regarding your child's learning abilities, social skills and classroom behavior. Please believe me when I say that I really do enjoy conferencing with you about your child. I value your input and look forward to the opportunity to discuss your child with you. If at any time you want to schedule a conference with me, please call or email me so that we can set up a time.

    Conduct Calendar Each child will have a conduct calendar that will be in their daily folder. PLEASE check the calendar daily. I will write an informed note to you on this card if your child's behavior needs to be addressed. Please initial the card after reading the incident note from me. I will place a sticker in the calendar if your child's clip was on yellow or above. 
     
    Daily Folders- Each student will be given a daily folder. This folder is to travel to and from school DAILY.  It is in this folder where you will see the conduct calendar. Your child will bring home papers from school in this folder too, and these are to be kept at home. You can also send notes to me using this folder. I will check the folder daily and return it to your child each afternoon.

    Dismissal 
    Dismissal time is 3:30. ALL Kindergarten  car riders and walkers will be dismissed at the front of the school. Day care vans and the yellow bus will exit from the Plum Valley side door.  This will help dismissal run efficiently.

    Early Release dates for 2019-2020 have 12:00 dismissal

    December 20
     
    May 29
     
    Elementary Holiday/Staff Workday dates
    September 23
    Novermber 1
    February 17
    March 16
     
     

    Emergency Information An emergency card for each child must be on file in the office. In addition to your home phone number, please list all work, and cell phone numbers where you can be reached. Please keep it up to date if phone numbers or email addresses change. Thanks!

    Field Trips We will take one field trip during the school year. More information on where we go will be posted at a later date.

    Full Day  It will take several weeks for your child to transition to a full day of learning. You can help ease this by making sure your child goes to bed at the same time every night and eats a nutritious breakfast every morning. Your child may also require a short nap once s/he comes home at the end of the day - especially at the beginning of the year!

    Give Me Five  In my classroom, I sometimes use this phrase “Give me 5” to get the children's attention. When the teacher says, "Give me five," the students are to stop what they are doing, raise their hand high and look at the teacher. The "Five" stands for:
    • Eyes are watching
    • Ears are listening
    • Hands and feet are still
    • Mouths are quiet
    • Brains are thinking

    Growth  This year your child will gain significant academic growth. There is a large range of "normal" in Kindergarten. Some children are ready to master concepts earlier in the year than others. It is my job to differentiate instruction so that all children will reach their learning potential.

     
    Homework- The homework that is given to the children is intended to enrich the learning that has taken place in the classroom. It also fosters responsibility and helps your child establish good work habits. All Kindergarten students will receive a monthly homework sheet. This sheet will be placed in their daily folder along with a spiral. Some assignments are written while others are activities for your child to do orally or with materials at home. For all written assignments, you may use the spiral we provide for you (titled Homework.) Please help your child complete the homework each night and return the folder every Friday so I can check the weeks work.
          Additionally, students should read or listen to an adult read 15-20 minutes every day!
    Illness Your child's health is very important in order for optimum learning to occur. If your child is ill, please keep him or her home until s/he is well.  Call the attendance line to report your child absent at the beginning of the day.
     
    Label, Label, Label!  Please mark all backpacks, removable clothing and loose items with your child's first and last name. You would be amazed at how quickly unclaimed items can accumulate (especially in the winter!). This will go a long way in helping to keep us organized.

    Lost & Found  Our school's lost and found is located outside the cafeteria. If your child loses something and it is not located in the classroom, please check this area.

    Lunch Eating lunch at school is very new and exciting for our little kindergartners. Our lunch time is 11:15-11:45. You are welcome to join your child for lunch in the cafeteria. We ask that you sit with your child at the tables designated for "visitors." Please sign in at the office and get a visitors sticker before meeting your child in the cafeteria. School lunch for students is $2.25.

    Lunch Boxes Children who bring lunch from home may bring it in a bag or a lunch box. Students will just leave their lunch in the cubbie until it is time to go to the cafeteria. If your child's lunch needs to be chilled, please make sure to include an ice-pack, as I do not have access to a refrigerator. Please keep in mind that I also do not have access to a can opener or microwave. Supply all eating utensils. Please label all bags, containers, etc. with your child's name.

    Money Please send any money to school in a sealed envelope labeled with your child's name, my name,the amount, and the reason (i.e., lunch, t-shirt, yearbook etc.). Please put the money in your child's Daily Folder so that I am sure to receive it.

    Outside  We will go outside for recess everyday, weather permitting. Please make sure your child has appropriate outside attire!

    Parties Our classroom parties are coordinated and run by the PTA and my homeroom moms. If you are interested in helping, please be sure to let me know. We typically have a winter party and friendship party in kindergarten.

    Questions If at any time you have questions about anything going on in the classroom, do not hesitate to contact me-I will be glad to talk with you!  281-641-1564

    Recess Students will have recess each day. Recess provides children with a physical release and gives them a time to socialize with friends from other classrooms. Unless it is raining, we will go outside every day. Please keep this in mind when your child is getting dressed in the morning.

    Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to play with on the playground.

    Report Cards Report cards are issued 4 times a year. The first report card will be given to you at our fall conference where I will discuss it with you in-depth. When report cards are sent home with your child, they will be enclosed in an envelope. Please sign the report card and return it to me in the envelope. Thanks!

    Restroom At the beginning of the year, I teach the children a sign for "bathroom." If they need to use the restroom while I am actively teaching or during a group activity, they need to give me the sign and I will then nod to give them permission.
    Snacks Each morning we will take a snack break. The children need to bring a healthy snack from home. Due to allergies, acceptable classroom snacks are limited—fruits, vegetables, pretzels, goldfish, raisins, and crackers and cheese are acceptable. Chips, donuts, and marshmallows are NOT acceptable; this includes manufactured fruit snacks!  Please do not send juice...water only in the classroom .  Thank you for understanding.
    Spirit Shirts- We wear Spirit shirts on Fridays.
     
    Take Home Readers Beginning in October, your child will bring home a bag with a Take Home Reading book on Mondays to be practiced as part of homework. Please take time to read the book nightly with your child and return it on Fridays. The more your child reads the book, the more fluent s/he becomes.  Thanks.

    Tardies If your child arrives later than 8:05, they will get a tardy slip at the office before walking down to the classroom. Our morning routine actually begins before that bell rings. It is important that children are at school on time so that they can get settled in and become acclimated.

    Toys  Please do not send your child to school with any kind of toy! Toys at school are a distraction from our learning! This includes trading cards, electronic games & devices, stuffed animals, etc. We also don't want a treasured toy to be broken or damaged as a result of an accident with it at school.

    Transportation Changes If your child will be going home a different way than usual, please send me a note in his/her folder or call the office before the end of the day. Please do not email me about a transportation change, as I may not check my email until after school is over. Your child will not be allowed to go home a different way than usual without written or called-in notification from you.

    Visitors We welcome visitors to our school. For the safety of all in the school building, you must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge when you arrive. Please do not walk directly to the classroom without permission. If you are a frequent visitor, I know that this may seem like a hassle but our responsibility as a school is to maintain a safe environment.

    Volunteers I value volunteers and encourage parents to volunteer in my classroom. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me so that we can plan a schedule for you.

    Water Bottles I strongly encourage you to send a water bottle labeled with your child's name. Research shows that hydrated brains are learning brains! Please make sure that the water bottle cap is the "pull up" kind and not the twist off kind. This will really help with spills.
    X'tra TLC Especially at the beginning of the year, children may need some extra assurance from you that they will do just fine in Kindergarten. It is perfectly normal for children to feel overwhelmed, tired, nervous, etc. during the first several weeks of the school year. Simply acknowledging this with your child will be a big help for him or her. Once routines at home and school are established, things will run quite smoothly. Strive to maintain a positive attitude for your child. Rest assured that I will do my best to make the transition as easy as possible for you and for your child.

    You You are the most important adult in your child's life, and no one knows your child better than you. You are your child's biggest supporter in their education, and I sincerely value your input.

    Zzzzz Young children need plenty of rest each night to prepare for a full day of learning. It's important to set and stick to an early nightly bedtime so that your child is ready to go when morning comes.